The Marshall Plan?

by Matt Alkire,

Many Eagles fans are asking about trades that the team could make between now and the draft. One player that I think could come into play is Carolina Panther cornerback Richard Marshall.

Marshall is a 5-foot-11, 189-pound corner that is only 25 years old and has only been a full-time starter  one year for the Panthers, however in four seasons he has 34 pass break-ups and 11 interceptions. In this first year as a starter in ’09 he posted 88 tackles, nine pass break-ups and four picks.  Check out his bio here.

The Panthers put a 2nd round tender on him, so they’re obviously not married to him and they also have two restricted free agents at defensive tackle and just lost both Ma’ake Kemoeatu and Damione Lewis in one season.

Trevor Laws or Antonio Dixon and a 4th rounder may be enough for the Eagles to bring Marshall to Philadelphia or a 3rd rounder on its own could do the job.

That would give the Eagles two starters at cornerback on opening day and while it doesn’t mean they wouldn’t draft a corner high, it would certainly give them even more freedom to take the best player available, perhaps trade up in the first round or get creative early in the draft.

Again, just something to keep an eye on as draft day gets closer.


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